New medical database: UpToDate
Seneca Libraries has begun a subscription to a new medical database from Wolters Kluwer called UpToDate (http://library.senecacollege.ca/resources/uptodate.html).
UpToDate provides medical staff such as nurses and caregivers with information about medical symptoms, conditions, drug interactions, and other health topics. While it is ideally meant for those on the front-lines of healthcare, it may also be useful for non-Health Sciences students such as those in General Education, Community Services, and Early Childhood Education as it includes basic health information as well. The “Patient Info” link within the product provides non-practitioners with information on topics such as Children’s Health, Diabetes, Allergies and Asthma, HIV and AIDS, and more. It is further broken down into “The Basics” (“…short (1 to 3 page) articles written in plain language. They answer the 4 or 5 most important questions a person might have about a medical problem. These articles are best for people who want a general overview”) and “Beyond The Basics” (“…articles are 5 to 10 pages long and more detailed than "The Basics". These articles are best for readers who want a lot of detailed information and who are comfortable with some technical medical terms”).
We hope that the entire Seneca community, and Nursing students and faculty in particular, will find this new information resource is a great asset in their work.